Did (Guru) Nanak Intend to Start a New Religion? - Sikh Research Institute

Did (Guru) Nanak Intend to Start a New Religion?

It is not uncommon to find scholars, both Sikh and non-Sikh, asserting that Guru Nanak did not intend to found a new way of life and, in that sense, he was a reformer par excellence but not the founder of a religion. We will examine this as a serious misreading of history supported by the argument that institutional development of Sikhi as a major religion only becomes clearer with the latter Gurus. The clarity of Guru Nanak's vision and goal is obvious from his lifetime as well.


Sikhs and non-Sikhs that are curious about the antecedents of Sikhi are invited to attend this webinar, for a conversation on Sikhi -- the faith and its way of life -- as a separate major faith among the many others of humankind.

Presented by I.J. Singh

I. J. Singh came to the United States in 1960 on a Murry & Leonie Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and is professor emeritus of anatomical sciences at New York University. He serves on the Board of Directors of Sikh Research Institute and also on the Advisory Board of the United Sikhs, the Editorial Boards of the Sikh Review (Calcutta), and Nishaan (New Delhi). Dr. Singh has authored five collections of essays on his journey as a Sikh in North America, is a regular columnist on the Internet and has lectured extensively on interfaith issues.

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